Monday, September 17, 2012

Dream Lake (Friday Harbor #3)

Dream Lake (Friday Harbor, #3)Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this was my favorite of the series. At first the whole different point of view from the ghost threw me off and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The first book in the Friday Harbor series didn't have any magic/fantasy/paranormal subject matter to it, but the second and third did. Normally adding that kind of element to a series is a turn off, but somehow LK makes it work! I got used to the paranormal element and ended up thinking it was a perfect addition to the book.

I'm not so sure about the fourth book now. Dang, if it weren't Lisa Kleypas I might look the other way when it's released, but I know I can't. I'll have to read it! Just not sure how into witches and spells I'm going to be. I was pleasantly surprised with Dream Lake though...

LK went from historical fiction to contemporary, is she leading us to believe she's going to go full on paranormal soon? Like vampires and werewolves next? I kind of hope not.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Night Road

Night RoadNight Road by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best book I've ever read.

I have never felt such an array of emotions reading a book. It was so incredibly powerful, so touching, so incredibly harrowing. It reached some of the deepest rooted fears a mother could have have yet gives you hope. Any mother who reads this book would have to be touched by this story. Why? Because it could happen. It really could happen.

I read someone's review who said they couldn't put it down. Yes, I struggled to put it down, but I also struggled to pick it back up. Not because it was bad, it was fantastic , but I needed to be in the right frame of mind and I needed to be alone. I finally was able to finish it last night and once I started the last quarter of the book, there was no way in hell I could put it back down. I had to finish it and to find closure to the story.

I could write a synopsis of the book but it would end up being an essay and I would spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. I could write a whole book about this book! I feel like I need therapy now! Okay, not really, but I'm not likely to ever forgot this book. It's something that I will think about as my currently 7 and 12 year old children go through their teen years.

I told a friend, if this wasn't a Kristin Hannah novel, I wouldn't have faith in the outcome. But I absolutely love Kristin Hannah and she did not fail her readers. She wrote the most thought provoking novel a mother could write. I imagine she must have shed some tears herself writing this book.

Bravo Kristin Hannah. You are amazing and so incredibly talented beyond any measure I could compare you to. I don't know how you compose these amazing novels over and over but please do not stop!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor #2)

Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second in the Friday Harbor series focusing on middle brother, Sam Nolan. The geek of the family, a vintner, and serial dater who won't commit to any woman. Or will he? Once he's cornered into taking care of Lucy Marrin after an accident, he's forced to deal with some overwhelming feelings he has and Lucy isn't ready to commit to anyone either. And certainly not after she was dumped by her live-in boyfriend who cheated on her with her own sister!

A man who vows to never commit to a woman and the woman he has to take care who is exceedingly vulnerable both physically and mentally... gee, I wonder what could happen. I didn't like it as much as the first book, still, it's a cute story and I enjoyed it!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Friday Harbor, #1)Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very fast read, finished in one day, really enjoyed it though. Cute, sweet, story of a widow, Maggie Conroy, falling for a man, Mark Nolan, who recently became guardian of his deceased sister's daughter. Mark knows he's ready for the relationship, to have a wife and a mother for his niece and he knows he's found that perfect woman in Maggie. Maggie isn't quite ready, she's feels she can't do a relationship after watching her deceased husband die of cancer. Mark isn't going to let her go so easily and slowly and carefully lets her know he's not going anywhere, he will wait for her.

So stinkin' cute!

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I've Got Your Number

I've Got Your NumberI've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OMG, this was SO cute! This is only the second Sophia Kinsella book I've read...actually, scratch that, technically it's the first. I listened to The Undomestic Goddess after I had eye surgery and I absolutely loved that book, laugh out loud funny, especially by the narrator, hilarious.

Anyway, back to I've Got Your Number, it was a very enjoyable read. I love that Poppy Wyatt backed herself into so many corners and humorously got out of most of them. I cringed numerous times, wanted to reach through the pages and slap people, but mostly I laughed.

Sophia Kinsella is hilarious. Clearly she likes to put her characters through the ringers of morbid situations and are a bit extreme for your average female, but it's absolutely delightful to read.

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Love Will Find You in Snowball, Arkansas

Love Finds You in Snowball, ArkansasLove Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was cute yet very predictable. The main character was a bit shallow but adorable. Quick, easy read.

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